Ciclos Malbec-Merlot 2011

Bodega El Esteco

Ciclos was born as the expression of Cafayate’s unique microclimate where two climates live together in perfect harmony.

Terroir: Deep, poor, rocky soils. Irrigation from the Andes. Wide thermal amplitude with big differences (approximatelly 22° C between the minimun during thecold mornings and nights, and the maximun during sunny days). Dry climate, little rainfall, 120mm of rain a year, 15% humidity and 300 days of sunshine. Cold mornings and nights, and long hot days result in wines that are highly concentrated in color, aromas and flavors with a unique fruity character.

Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested and sorted upon arrival at the winery followed by a long, cool maceration and primary fermentation in tank. The wines are aged for 15 months in a combination of French and American oak prior to final blending and bottling.

Additional Information

“The 2011 Ciclos is deep red in color with a nose of ripe berry fruit laced with balanced vanilla oak. The wine is full-bodied and driven by sweet berry jam, and spice.”

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Calchaquí Valley
  • Winemaker: Alejandro Daniel Pepa
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Sand, Gravel
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.95 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 2.95 g/l
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 50% Malbec, 50% Merlot

Recent Press

  • Score: 91 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
    "Aromas of blueberries, minerals and chocolate. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. A balanced and enjoyable red. A blend of malbec and merlot. Drink now."
  • Score: 91 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Luis Gutierrez
    Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
    "The 2011 Ciclos Malbec Merlot is a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Merlot aged for 15 months in new French oak barrels that is still very young and marked by its elevage, with notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and smoke that coat a good core of shiny black and red fruit with fine-grained tannins and an acid spine that would guarantee good evolution in bottle. Drink 2015-2020."

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